Georgia senators seek 5G wireless legislation

To make way for faster wireless internet, Georgia lawmakers are pushing for statewide rules governing where and how cellphone companies can install their equipment on public land. A Senate study committee voted unanimously to pursue statewide regulations to promote 5G wireless technology. The committee’s recommendations will result in legislation to be considered by the Georgia General Assembly when it convenes in January. If approved, communication companies such as AT&T and Verizon could gain access to public rights of way if they comply with statewide standards for pole height, permitting fees and equipment sizes. County and city governments would lose most of their authority to restrict companies’ use of public land for 5G equipment.

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